About App Apes

About App ApesApp Apes goes bananas for fresh, inventive, and fun games and apps. It serves as the truly free app review website. Here’s a quick overview about App Apes.

Simply follow App Apes on twitter and submit your app using the App Apes submission form for your chance to receive a free rating, as well as a place among the great games and apps on the App Apes website. By doing so you’re helping both App Apes and yourself. More exposure helps everyone, including the consumer, so the more traffic, the more submissions, the more submissions, the more reviews, the more reviews, the more confidence consumers will have in trusting App Apes to bring them the best apps available.

App Apes, the truly free app review website, started when the founders spent hundreds of hours creating original, entertaining, and quirky games for the Android and Apple markets, only to submit them and have said games be buried under a pile of thousands of new Flappy Bird and Bejeweled clones. When looking into reaching a wider audience than those few who scoured the non-reviewed, underplayed pits of the Android and Apple market places for gems, they turned to app review sites. Unfortunately, every one of these app review sites charged to have apps be featured on their sites, and would not consider lifting a finger otherwise. This ranged between $80-300 and after earning only nine cents from ads on one of their games, the founders didn’t feel like paying this fee to have the mere chance of earning another nine cents.

Since the service of legitimately free reviews did not appear to exist, the founders of App Apes set out to make their own site and invite all the hard working game developers to submit their product for a free review from someone in the field. After all, code monkeys sometimes need an ape to do the heavy lifting of marketing their product. That’s what App Apes offers: free reviews and increased exposure.

So how does App Apes benefit? App Apes gets internet traffic and the satisfaction of taking business away from those shady other app review websites that charge the hard working developers money; and game developers, confident in the originality of their work, get a free, honest review (very possibly multiple reviews and downloads) and exposure. Everyone else gets a nice clean hub in which to learn about and download new, fun apps, and read great reviews, as well.

Furthermore, with our upcoming review incentive program, reviewing just two games will guarantee a new review from another contributor. In this pay-it-forward way we can boost the number of reviews and as a collective, ensure only quality products get our attention, and support one another in our passion of making great games and apps without being screwed over by a selfish middle man.

BASICS

App Apes has launched to serve as the truly honest and free app review website.

First and foremost, monetary influence is not an issue at App Apes, as with so many other app review sites that charge money to host an article of a new app, which typically only established developers can afford, and those developers early in their careers who manage to scrape the money together often do not see returns on that investment in terms of new downloads. This is because the audience knows that money softened the review by the app review site, and do not take it seriously. That is not a concern at App Apes. Everyone who submits to App Apes is equal in terms of rating criteria. It’s talent, skill, and effort that will put you ahead here, not money. In addition, the reviews are honest. Sometimes brutally so. If someone submits a halfhearted effort, they will receive a negative score accordingly.

RATINGS

We rate games based off of four categories: Graphics, Gameplay, Replay Value, and Originality.

Graphics

The Graphics category is largely about the ascetics of the game or app. Submissions are no more aesthetically limited to photo-realism than they are thick bordered cartoons, in order to receive a high score. Graphics need to be appropriate for the theme and style of the game. You wouldn’t make a horror game with cute Mario or Pacman characters, just like you wouldn’t want a Mario-like game with Pyramid head as the positive, happy, laughing protagonist(Well, maybe you would). For a high score, the UI, menus, characters, and environments need to demonstrate a complimentary theme. Everything should flow and not be abrasive. Beyond that, almost anything goes. Even games with stick figures can receive a high score in the Graphics category if done right, with the executive choice being essential for the theme.

Gameplay

The Gameplay category has to do with both the fluidity of the game play and the fun of it. For a high score there has to be great satisfaction in playing, little to no bugs, non-intrusive ads, and a smoothness to the processes of the app.

Replay Value

Finally, the Replay Value category concerns the number of hours that can be put into the game before receiving diminishing returns on gaming satisfaction. Think of the classics Solitaire, Tetris, and Chess. all three games are fun every time they are played, and they have been played for generations because of their inherent satisfaction. In contrast, games such as hidden objects finding games would not be as fun the second time through as the player would already have an idea of where the objects are, and therefore the satisfaction of the game is diminished, resulting in a lesser score. Keep this in mind for such games. Sometimes games with low Replay Value will have high Graphics and Gameplay scores and therefore be worth an initial play through.

Originality

Due to the high volume of Flappy Bird and Angry bird clones that the App Apes reviewers have received, we have decided to add a fourth bar to all new submissions labeled Originality. It won’t be a simple yes or no–one or ten point system–but rather a full one to ten range like the other rating bars. If developers clearly base their games off an already existing (likely popular) game, with little or no changes or additional features, their score for originality will near one. If it’s a never before seen or felt experience, the originality score will be much greater. Factors such as unique stories and graphics will lead to higher originality scores than a complete copy. We at App Apes love originality. In fact, we go bananas for unique games, and grow tired of money-grab clones that only lead to clutter and confusion in the app stores. Of course genre will be taken into consideration, and games that are reiterations of classics like word searches, hangman, whack-a-mole, and pong will be judged more heavily on their graphics and how they manage, or do not manage, to better the game, than they will on their core concepts.

About App ApesHOW APP APES WORKS

As for the website, App Apes features a random shuffle for the All page of apps, as well as a list of the Top App Apes Rated, Top User Rated, and Most Recent apps. These three categories will serve as extra rewards for great game apps on the apps page, and the brave developers of new submissions. This way, all app have equal screen time in the random all pile, and new games won’t be immediately buried. In addition, spotlight banners will cycle on the homepage to feature great games, and the newest submissions for Android, Apple, and Windows will be featured in lists of five.

SUBMISSIONS & BADGES

Submissions that help spread the word of App Apes via Twitter (see submissions page) will receive a concise written review, free of charge (of course) on top of the App Apes three bar rating. An App Apes review badge with the score received will be available to the developers of those apps that receive a free, honest written review.

OTHER INFORMATION

App Apes’ Stance on Religious Apps

App Apes takes no official stance on any religion. In fact, we prefer not to post any apps that promote religion for that purpose alone. Apps that have a religious nature that are accepted will be evaluated to the best of our staff’s ability, and will be judged on their functional, artistic, and inexhaustible merits, as well as their originality like any other app submitted. The religious related apps that receive a review do not necessarily indicate App Apes’ or its employees’ views.

Right to Refuse Service

App Apes reserves the right to refuse service. Though unlikely, if we feel uncomfortable posting an article about a game or app, we may refuse to post it. We may or may not email the individual who submitted the app explaining why.

Subject to Change

App Apes’ values and process are subject to change from time to time (see added originality bar) as issues arise, and it is expected of users of the site to keep an eye out for updates and changes. For more information take a look at our privacy policy.